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Dimensions: Foul lines: 330; power alleys: 380 (1972), 370 (1974), 383 (1981), 380 (1982); center field: 400; backstop: 60 foul territory: small.
Fences: 11 (1972); 12 (1981); 11 (1986).
Arlington Stadium evolved out of a plan to build a ballpark for use by both Dallas and Fort Worth. Originally named Turnpike Stadium, it was built in the centrally located suburb of Arlington. Because it was built in a natural bowl, with a playing surface 40 feet below the surrounding territory, the stadium's $1.5 million price tag was estimated to have been one-tenth the cost of builing a similar facility elsewhere. Used as a minor league ballpark for its first seven years, the first Opening Day in the stadium was delayed as long as possible to allow workmen to put on the finishing touches. The last piece of sod was not layed until just 36 hours before the first pitch. Painting of the foul lines took place during the opening night pregame practice.
The stadium was expanded for the first time in 1970 to seat 20,000. When the Washington Senators announced they were moving to Texas, the park was renamed Arlington Stadium (because locals felt that Turnpike Stadium was inappropriate for a major league park) and was enlarged to a 35,694 capacity. Later expansions raised the capacity to its final level of 43,521. After the 1993 season, Rangers moved to the assymetrical Ballpark in Arlington (later renamed Ameriquest Field), built across the parking lot from Arlington Stadium, which was demolished in 1994.
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Updated April 2005
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